The inaugural issue of History of Women in the Americas is out. Hilary Charlesworth (ANU) and Christine Chinkin (LSE): The Creation of UN Women. Monica McWilliams (Ulster) and Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain (Minnesota): “There is a War Going on You Know”: Addressing the Complexity of Violence Against Women in Conflicted and Post Conflict Societies. Sahar F. Aziz (Texas Wesleyan): Democracy, Like Revolution, is Unattainable Without Women. Louise Fahey (Limerick): Theories of Feminism vs. Multiculturalism in Relation to Female Genital Mutilation. Why feminists should oppose the burqa: Islamic veiling is a form of sexist patriarchal oppression, and supporters of equality have a responsibility to say so, argues Terri Murray. From Mail Online, the women-hating Twitter trolls unmasked: From a respected military man to a former public schoolboy, men who anonymously spew out vile abuse online. Emily Greenhouse on Anita Sarkeesian and Twitter’s free-speech problem. Meet the female Indian vigilantes who are striking back: A 20,000-strong troop of women is changing gender politics in India. Meet Kimberly Motley, the American lawyer crusading for women inside Afghanistan’s tricky legal system. Christina Hoff Sommers on how to get more women (and men) to call themselves feminists: Focus on injustice, poverty, and women in parts of the world beyond the United States. Kurt Eichenwald on the controversial Texas law that would make screening for such health issues all but inaccessible to most women in his state.

Pelin Kesebir and Tom Pyszczynski (Colorado): Meaning as a Buffer for Existential Anxiety. From Harvard Law Review, Nancy Leong (Denver): Racial Capitalism (and a response by Richard Thompson Ford). Sally Satel on James Q. Wilson and the defense of moral judgment. Don't be fooled by the 20-week abortion bans — it's really about the other provisions, the ones that would make abortion all but illegal state-by-state. Tea Party to Republicans: Shut down the government, or you're a sellout. From Wired, the cheat code to life: Sneaky tricks, workarounds, and creative rule-bending to outwit the chumps and get what you want. Whither cultural critics? With access to books, movies, and television more open than ever, and research showing that crowdsourcing leads to biases, cultural criticism needs to change. Hedge funds: Rock stars to fallen stars? Kosovo marks 100th recognition, Abkhazia struggles to keep a handful of them. Forget the Capra-esque spirit of West Wing: Hit dramas such as Scandal, House of Cards, and Homeland paint Washington as a malignant game of thrones, with hit men and torture on tap — meanwhile, on the comedy front, Veep and Alpha House find their fun in political dysfunction. Neil Irwin on how the decline of newspapers has been good for everybody else. Creator of xkcd reveals secret backstory of his epic 3,099-panel comic. Google revamps search to feature in-depth articles.

From New York, what if everything we’ve come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history, and what if that coincidence has run its course? Anat Shenker-Osorio on why Americans all believe they are “middle class”: A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today. Can Americans afford a broad freedom to assume personal risk? Benjamin M. Friedman on the most important issue in American politics. Still waiting for change: Sylvia A. Allegretto on how economists are ignoring a class of workers whose wages have been frozen for decades. The pay is too damn low: James Surowiecki on how low-wage workers make headlines. Robert Putnam on crumbling American dreams. Want to achieve the American Dream? Jonathan Cohn on how it depends where you live. Where the wonders never cease: Chris Pomorski on hope and consequences in Atlantic City. The first chapter from Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb by Douglas S. Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson and David N. Kinsey. A question for economic historians: has any non-feudal society been able to remain stable with this level of inequality? Yes, Wall Street is overpaid: Do employees of the financial sector deserve to be paid so much more than most other workers? The American zeitgeist in one word: “Desheeting”.